The American Red Cross is mobilizing thousands of volunteers this weekend to hand out tens of thousands of bags containing emergency relief supplies to families in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland Counties, affected by Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter.
“Thousands of New Yorkers are coming together to load bags of relief supplies and then go block-to-block in some of the hardest hit communities,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO, American Red Cross Greater New York Region. “By engaging community volunteers who want to help their neighbors, the Red Cross will expand the reach of our 2,500 workers already providing food, shelter and comfort.”
Each bag will contain things like trash bags, blankets, hygiene kits and comfort items. Items for infants like formula and diapers and cleaning supplies will also be available. Volunteers will hand out information packets with useful recovery resources and tips.
Throughout the Veteran’s Day Weekend, volunteers will be visiting heavily impacted neighborhoods throughout the region. In addition to mobile teams, people can receive meals and relief kits at fixed distribution sites.
Sunday, food and relief items will be available at:
Seagate - 37th and Neptune Ave.
Brighton Beach - End of Coney Island Ave., on the beach
Coney Island - MCU - 1904 Surf Ave.
Red Hook - 551 Dwight Ave.
Far Rockaway - Beach 12th and Red Fern Ave.
Rockaway – PS 105, Reverend Joseph May DR and Conch Place
Breezy Point - Rockaway Point Blvd. and 12th Ave.
Belle Harbor - Waldbaum's, 112-15 Beach Channel Drive
Broad Channel - American Legion, 209 Cross Bay Blvd.
Howard Beach - Frank Charles Park, 165th Ave. and 98th St.
Hamilton Beach - Our Lady of Grace Church, 158-110 101 St.
Hunter Avenue and Father Capodano Blvd.
Seaford - Cedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd.
Hewlett - Grant Park, Broadway and Sheridan Ave.
Lido Beach - Nickerson Beach Park, 880 Lido Blvd.
Hauppauge - HL Dennison Veteran's Building, 100 Veteran's Memorial Highway
Riverhead - Riverhead County Center, 210 Center Drive
Mastic Beach - Mastic Beach Nutrition Center
Lindenhurst – Town of Babylon Public Works, 200 Sunrise Hwy.
New Rochelle – City Hall, 515 North Ave.
Stony Point – Gravelling parking lot, across from Vincent Clarke Park
This massive assembly and distribution effort is in addition to the Red Cross feeding and sheltering operations set up across the region. The Red Cross has mobilized the full resources of the organization across the country to get help to people affected by Sandy.
More than 5,700 disaster workers and hundreds of Red Cross vehicles have been mobilized to help. People have lost their homes or suffered devastating damage. Many are still without power. Organizations including the Red Cross have provided more than 127,000 shelter stays. In addition to the millions of meals served, the Red Cross has handed out more than 272,000 relief items already and provided more than 40,300 health services and emotional support contacts.
The Red Cross response to Sandy is massive and growing by the day. Besides volunteering, if someone would like to help, they can make a financial donation by visitingwww.redcross.org, calling call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS (all one word) to 90999 to make a $10 donation